WE students meditate

Wellness Environment: WE

An incentive based program focused on health promotion, illness prevention and behavioral change. The framework of WE is set-up to provide students with an environment to live and grow where making healthy choices is the norm, not the exception.

Campus-Wide Effort

Led by the determination of leaders at UVM College of Medicine, WE teaches students how behavior, good and bad, affects their brains and bodies. This knowledge, paired with accessible, health promoting resources, creates an environment apt for students to make healthier decisions.

  • WE Director speaks to prospective student and family


    The residence halls that WE students call home provide a number of health promotion resources for students to access. WE students are incentivized to make healthy choices and participate in the domains of wellness daily. In order to sustain this healthy and safe environment, WE students sign a contract agreeing that they will not have alcohol or drugs in the residence hall.


  • WE gives students more incentives to stay active in college
  • Fitness mentors are available for free in the fitness center in the WE residence hall
  • Students create goals and establish an exercise plan to meet them


  • WE communities are built around healthy cooking and eating
  • Students will have exclusive access to Nutrition programs administered by UVM Masters of Science in Dietetics students
  • WE partners with UVM Dining to create accessible and mindful nutrition options for students


  • WE students learn and practice mindfulness in a healthy, judgement-free environment
  • Daily mindfulness classes are available in the residence hall
  • Members utilize mindfulness to decrease stress and anxiety, while increasing productivity and aiding in decision-making


  • Promotes healthy, affirming relationships in a positive, judgment-free environment 
  • Mentors realize the impact that they can have on younger generations
  • Increases interpersonal skills, empathy, and assertiveness
WE Director lectures to students in HBHB

Letter from the Director

Born out of decades of research in genetics, neuroimaging, and the effect of the environmental influences on emotional behavioral health, I proposed a neuroscience inspired, incentive based health promotion behavioral change program to protect and promote the development of college age students’ brains.

In the same way that lifting weights can alter the structure and function of a person’s body, engaging in the four pillars of WE (Mindfulness, Fitness, Nutrition, and Relate), will influence the structure and function of an individual’s brain. Our motto is build a healthy brain and a healthy body will follow.

Jim Hudziak, MD